If you've read this blog for a while, you know this: I will play with color endlessly and, of course, since I do it: you should too (bossy britches, yes).
I finally got around to messing around with Inktense blocks. I've used them but hadn't gone through my little "what happens when I mix this color with this color." A color soiree, so to speak. I have the set of 12 Inktense Blocks and was very pleased to see the variety of mixes that resulted. Especially with the ochre and sienna. Very good. These are top drawer art supplies. Just remember that they are INK, not watercolor. Once you lay them down and they dry, that's it: no lifting. Since I adore the Inktense pencils, it was an easy purchase for me to make.
These Aquamarkers are fairly new on the market and I bought this set. Here's a run down.
They are pretty juicy. You need to use them on good watercolor paper. The sets are uneven: for instance the pure yellow in the set I have is very pale and you need to use a very heavy hand with it and a very light hand with the greens and blues to mix it. You would really need an extensive palette to get an extensive pallete. Clear? No? Ok, leave a comment if you want me to explain more
Another complaint is that these markers are rough on the paper. Put them down with care and don't scrub or your paper will get crummy. On the positives, I can see that you would have control with these markers and get the color into tight spaces. The colors are lovely by themselves. These markers are a more expensive option. Not the most practical of choices but, hey!, you don't have to be practical all the time. I may be asking for another set for my holiday stocking.
Just scanning back through this post, it is so clear to me how truly juicy those Inktense colors are. These are, imho, the cat's meow.